Bal­ly­more band need €60,000

CON­CERT HALL NEEDS TO BE INSULATED

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

MEM­BERS of the Bal­ly­more Eus­tace Con­cert Band played in Laragh over the May Bank Hol­i­day week­end to raise funds for the band.

The band mem­bers ar­rived at the Laragh car boot sale in the Brock­agh Cen­tre and set up their pitch in glo­ri­ous sun­shine.

The mu­si­cians have be­gun a mas­sive fundrais­ing cam­paign to in­su­late their band hall and re­quire over €60,000 to fu­ture-proof the band’s his­toric home.

The band has over 60 mem­bers, aged from six to 86, be­tween the main band and the ju­nior band. Dur­ing the cold win­ter months, the play­ers en­dure very un­com­fort­able con­di­tions dur­ing their long re­hearsals.

Ea­monn Dee­gan from Poula­phuca, who has been a mem­ber of the band for 65 years and trav­elled to the US to play, said he ‘wasn’t used to play­ing in such fine con­di­tions’ as in Laragh.

Dur­ing the per­for­mance, tuba player Ian Back­house from Knock­ananna was sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets for the band’s forth­com­ing mon­ster raf­fle which has in ex­cess of 60 prizes, in­clud­ing fly­ing lessons, ho­tel stays, con­cert hall tick­ets, cash prizes and vouch­ers for lo­cal busi­ness to name but a few.

€60,000 is a colos­sal amount to raise but the band mem­bers be­lieve that communities pulling to­gether can get the job done. Mu­si­cians from all over Le­in­ster play with this award-win­ning band, which is head­ing to Clon­akilty in July for the South of Ire­land Band Cham­pi­onships. The band can be con­tacted at wolfe­toneband@gmail.com.

Robert O’Brien, Aoife Doyle, Or­lagh Dee­gan, Ea­monn Dee­gan and Ian Back­house.

Robert O’Brien, Aoife Doyle, Or­lagh Dee­gan, Ea­monn Dee­gan and Ian Back­house.

Hilary Jack­son & Aoife Doyle.

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